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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

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Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

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Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Uplifting Picture Books That Don't Preach
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Great Reads: By Subject, Title, Author, or Illustrator

All book reviews on this site are written and revised by Cheryl Rainfield.


By Title  |  By Author  |  By Illustrator  |  By Category


Good picture books—books that are well-written, have engaging art, and contain encouraging messages—can be nurturing and healing for both children and adults.

Picture books can offer comfort, encouragement, gentle guidance, and positive messages through story—a method that makes messages easier to absorb. Books are powerful. They can help bring good feeling, boost self-esteem, remind the reader of what's important in life and how to cope with problems, all while entertaining and uplifting the reader.

I pick books that, to me, contain the most delight and healing. I hope you'll check them out.


A

Alexis Deacon (Jitterbug Jam: A Monster Tale)
Allyson Demoe (Ryan's Mom is Tall)
Amanda Harvey (Dog Eared: Starring Otis)
Amy Lissiat (The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley)
Antoinette Portis (Not a Box)
Ard Hoyt (Some Dog!)



B

Babette Cole (Princess Smartypants)
Ben Hodson (How the Moon Regained Her Shape), (Jeffrey and Sloth)
Betsy Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type)
Bob Graham (How to Heal a Broken Wing)
Bob McLeod (SuperHero ABC)
Boris Kulikov (Max's Words)
Brad Sneed (The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians)
Brian Barber (My Favorite Sounds from A to Z)



C

Catherine Rayner (Augustus and His Smile)
Chih-Yuan Chen (Guji Guji)
Chris L Demarest (Red Sled)
Chuck Galey (Jay and the Bounty of Books)
Connie McLennan (Octavia And Her Purple Ink Cloud)
Cui Xu (No! That's Wrong!)
Cyd Moore (Willow)



D

David Catrow (I Like Myself!)
David McPhail (The Searcher and Old Tree)
David Roberts (Mrs. Crump)
Devin Asch (Like a Windy Day)
Diane Goode (Alligator Boy)
Donald Saaf (Skinny Brown Dog)
Doug Cushman (Ella, Of Course!)



F

Francesc Rovira (Sebastian)
Frank W. Dormer (Not So Tall for Six)



G

Garry Parsons (Billy's Bucket)



H

Henry Cole (And Tango Makes Three)
Hilary Leung (The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear)



J

Jackie Urbanovic (Duck at the Door)
Janine Dawson (Bobbie Dazzler)
Jill McElmurry (Little Blue Truck)
Joelle Dreidemy (The Lamb Who Came for Dinner)
John Himmelman (Chickens to the Rescue!), (Katie Loves the Kittens), (Tudley Didn't Know)
Josée Masse (Goodnight, Sweet Pig)
Julie Hansen Olson (Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae!)



K

Kady MacDonald Denton (You're Mean, Lily Jean)
Kathy Parkinson (When I Feel Sad (The Way I Feel Books))
Kevin Hawkes (Library Lion), (When Giants Come to Play)
Kevin O'Malley (Slugs in Love)



L

Louis Pilon (Oliver Has Something to Say!)
Louise Yates (Dog Loves Drawing)
Lynn Munsinger (The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing)



M

Marc Brown (Born to Read)
Marc Tauss (Superhero)
Marie Le Tourneau (Is a Worry Worrying You?)
Mark Buehner (Dex: The Heart of a Hero)
Marla Frazee (Mrs. Biddlebox)
Martin Baynton (Jane and the Dragon)
Mary Newell DePalma (Estelle Takes a Bath)
Matt Mahurin (My Beautiful Child)
Melanie Watt (Chester), (Chester's Back!), (Scaredy Squirrel at Night)
Melissa Iwai (Green as a Bean)
Michael Garland (The Best Book to Read)
Mies van Hout (The Child Cruncher)
Mo Willems (Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct), (Leonardo, the Terrible Monster)
Molly Bang (The Day Leo Said I Hate You!)



N

Nicoletta Ceccoli (Oscar and the Mooncats), (The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum)
Noemi Villamuza (Marc Just Couldn't Sleep)



O

Oliver Jeffers (The Incredible Book-Eating Boy)



P

Pascal Lemaitre (Do Not Open This Book)
Patrick McDonnell (Art)
Paul Yalowitz (Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch)
Peter H. Reynolds (Ish)



R

Rebecca Doughty (Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life)
Regan Dunnick (The Louds Move In!)
Rob Gonsalves (Imagine a Day)
Rob Scotton (Splat the Cat)
Robert Neubecker (Courage of the Blue Boy)
Robert Salanitro (My First Flip-Flap Book of Numbers)
Robin Preiss Glasser (You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum)
Robin Spowart (Mama, If You Had a Wish)
Roge Girard (Sink or Swim)
Roslyn Schwartz (The Mole Sisters and the Moonlit Night)
Ross MacDonald (Another Perfect Day)
Ruth Ohi (Chicken, Pig, Cow)



S

Sarah Massini (I'm Special, I'm Me!)
Satoshi Kitamura (Once Upon an Ordinary School Day)
Scott Magoon (Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating)
Shelley Rotner (Sometimes Bad Things Happen)
Sherry Rogers (If You Were a Parrot)
Stefano Vitale (There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me)
Susan Jeffers (McDuff Moves In)
Sylvie Kantorovitz (Go to Bed, Monster!)



V

Vanessa Cabban (Love is a Handful of Honey)
Vlasta van Kampen (The Bears We Know)



W

Wallace Edwards (Monkey Business)
Wendy Watson (Spuds)

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